Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

Is Your Weather Stripping Worn Out On Your Double-Hung Window? Fix It Easily This Summer


If you want to keep the cold out in the wintertime and keep the cool air inside of your house in the summertime, cutting down on drafts is extremely important. One of the major source of drafts in homes comes from around the window area. If the weather stripping around your double-hung window is old, worn-out or just not even there to start with, you need to make it a priority to install new weather stripping to all of your double-hung windows in your home this summer.

#1 Basic Supplies

This is a relatively easy home-improvement job and you don't need to purchase a lot of fancy tools for the job. You will need a hammer, utility knife, tape measure and finishing nails, which are supplies that you may already have around your home.

The only special supplies that you are going to need to purchase is v-channel weather stripping and self-adhesive foam insulation. To ensure that you don't buy more of these special supplies than you need, measure around all the edges of your windows to determine how much material you'll need. Be sure to add a little extra length to work with or make up for incorrect measurements.

#2 Clean The Windows

Before you put on the new weather stripping, you need to clean your windows. You are going to want to take a cleaning wipe or a wet soapy rag and use it clean the area on your window where your window meets with the frame at the top and bottom of the window, as well as the sides of the window within the area where it slides down and up.

#3 Attach Foam Weather Strip

Third, you are going to take out the foam weather strip. The foam weather strip is going to be attached to the top and bottom of your actually window. You are going to want to measure the length of your window, and then cut down the weather stripping using your utility knife. Once the foam is the right size, you are going to want take off the adhesive backing and then attach the foam where your window meets with the window still on the bottom. Then, attach the second foam weather strip to the top of the window frame.

#4 Attach V-Channel

Finally, you are going to want to attach the v-channel stripping. This stripping will go on the left and right sides of your window along where the window goes down and up.

To attach the v-channel stripping, you are going to want to put in on the window between the sash and the jamb. This may require a little force and leverage, which you can get from our hammer. To firmly secure the v-channel stripping, you are going to want to use some finishing nails.

This process should not take very long at all to complete for each window in your home. For assistance, talk to a professional like Gilkey Windows.


14 June 2017